Definitions of canon

  1. a priest who is a member of a cathedral chapter
  2. a collection of books accepted as holy scripture especially the books of the Bible recognized by any Christian church as genuine and inspired
  3. a complete list of saints that have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church
  4. a rule or especially body of rules or principles generally established as valid and fundamental in a field or art or philosophy; " the neoclassical canon"; " canons of polite society"
  5. a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts
  6. ( North America) a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
  7. a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
  8. See Carom.
  9. A law or rule.
  10. A law, or rule of doctrine or discipline, enacted by a council and confirmed by the pope or the sovereign; a decision, regulation, code, or constitution made by ecclesiastical authority.
  11. The collection of books received as genuine Holy Scriptures, called the sacred canon, or general rule of moral and religious duty, given by inspiration; the Bible; also, any one of the canonical Scriptures. See Canonical books, under Canonical, a.
  12. A catalogue of saints acknowledged and canonized in the Roman Catholic Church.
  13. A member of a cathedral chapter; a person who possesses a prebend in a cathedral or collegiate church.
  14. A musical composition in which the voices begin one after another, at regular intervals, successively taking up the same subject. It either winds up with a coda ( tailpiece), or, as each voice finishes, commences anew, thus forming a perpetual fugue or round. It is the strictest form of imitation. See Imitation.
  15. A deep gorge, ravine, or gulch, between high and steep banks, worn by water courses.
  16. The largest size of type having a specific name; - so called from having been used for printing the canons of the church.
  17. The part of a bell by which it is suspended; - called also ear and shank.
  18. A law or rule in general, especially regarding religious doctrines; the books of the Holy Scriptures received as authoritative by the Christian Church.
  19. A narrow deep passage between hills or mountains. Also, canyon.
  20. A deep gorge or ravine between high and steep banks, worn by water- courses.
  21. A law or rule, esp. in ecclesiastical matters: the genuine books of Scripture, called the sacred canon: a dignitary of the Church of England: a list of saints canonized: a large kind of type.
  22. A law or general rule; a dignitary of the Church of England.
  23. A rule or law; standard.
  24. The books of the Bible that are recognized by the Church as inspired.
  25. A dignitary of the Church of England.
  26. A deep gorge or ravine.
  27. A deep precipitous gorge.
  28. A law or rule, specially in Church matters; the book of Holy Scriptures received as genuine by the Church; a dignitary of the Church, who possesses a prebend or revenue allotted for the performance of divine service in a cathedral or collegiate church; a catalogue of saints, acknowledged and canonized by the Romish Church; the rales, or the book containing the rules, of some monastic order; a kind of continual fugue; one of the largest kinds of type; an instrument used in sewing up wounds Canon law, a collection of ecclesiastical laws.
  29. In Church affairs, a rule or law in discipline or doctrine; a rule in general; a catalogue of saints; the Holy Scriptures, called the sacred canon; a repeating piece of music; every last step in the fore leg of a horse; in print., a large size of type; canon law, the laws that regulate church government.
  30. In Western America, a deep gorge or ravine between high and steep banks.

Usage examples for canon

  1. Isn't that right, Canon? – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  2. He had distributed his wealth, given up all self- indulgence, and now, with another and younger Canon of the Cathedral named Francis van Coudenberg, lived in simplest, poorest style a dedicated life of self- denial, charity and prayer. – Ruysbroeck by Evelyn Underhill
  3. The canon law does not suffice for the protection and development of modern society. – Pius IX. And His Time by The Rev. Æneas MacDonell Dawson
  4. No English book reflecting the processes of results of recent criticism, gives an account of the canon in both Testaments. – The Canon of the Bible by Samuel Davidson
  5. " I don't," said the Canon. – Cæsar or Nothing by Pío Baroja Baroja
  6. This comprises the faculties of civil, canon, and administrative law, of philosophy and literature, of science, of medicine, and of pharmacy. – Spain by Wentworth Webster
  7. Proceed to canon in its many kinds and intervals. – Piano Playing With Piano Questions Answered by Josef Hofmann
  8. As Canon Fremantle has well and justly said, men of science, and not the clergy only, are ministers of religion. – The Pleasures of Life by Sir John Lubbock
  9. That the pilgrims who had ridden not quite five miles had come from Ospringe might seem certain, and since they were overtaken by the Canon it is possible that he was coming from Faversham. – England of My Heart--Spring by Edward Hutton
  10. It was on this ground that they received it into the canon of the Old Testament. – Companion to the Bible by E. P. Barrows
  11. His servants, perhaps, assist not a little in the expenditure of so comfortable an income; the Canon being upon a very social footing with them all. – Dreams, Waking Thoughts, and Incidents by William Beckford
  12. But I know Canon Montanelli takes a great interest in you, and I fancy he is a little anxious on your behalf- just as I should be if I were leaving a favourite pupil- and would like to know you were under the spiritual guidance of his colleague. – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich
  13. The boys came in to dinner in good time; and about two o'clock the happy party of four cousins set off for the Stoke Canon Woods. – Salome by Emma Marshall
  14. He became priest and canon. – Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ by Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.
  15. " It is true," said the Canon gravely. – Cæsar or Nothing by Pío Baroja Baroja
  16. To be a canon! – The Vicar of Tours by Honore de Balzac
  17. Canon Scott Holland led a campaign for social justice and many of the same group mixed this with devotion to Our Lady, belief in the Real Presence, and a profound love of the Catholic past of England. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward
  18. " The same thing- almost," said the Canon, smiling a little sadly. – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  19. " We shall have to get through them somehow or other, but I hope that a passage may be found up a canon, between the rocky heights, so that we shall not be compelled to climb over their tops," answered Mr Tidey. – With Axe and Rifle by W.H.G. Kingston
  20. I would not be a canon at Lucca if the King of Italy asked me in person. – The Italians by Frances Elliot